Welcome to UMSL!

New Employee Orientation: January 27

Front Row (L to R):

Francheska Cruz Berrios- Project Coordinator (Maintenance Operations)
Madison Moon- Head Women’s Soccer Coach (Athletics)
Erika Rose- Stuent Support Specialist I (Clinical Experiences)
Mary (Theresa) Edwards- Associate Teacher (University Child Development)
Rachel Robinson- Custodian (Facilities)

Back Row (L to R):

Jessie Hart- Custodian (Facilities)
Devin Taylor- Custodian (Facilities)
Rickey George- Patient Navigator (Center for Behavioral Health)
Stephon Foster- Mechanical Trades Specialist (Maintenance Operations)
Danielle Stallins- Student Support Specialist II (College of Business Advising)

New Employee Orientation February 10th 

L to R:

Dat Le- Retail Sales Assistant Manager (Touhill)
Cynthia McCann- Business Support Specialist I (Advanced Credit)
Dan Hogan- Maintenance Services Attendant (Facilities)
Jennifer Hunter- Director Program/Project Operations (MIMH)

New Employee Orientation: February 24

L to R:

Alexandra Lenger- Engagement Program/Project Support Coordinator (Academic Affairs)
Emmy Naes- Program Coordinator (College of Education)
Kelly Hogenmiller- Recruitment and Enrollment Manager (College of Nursing)
Magda Conley- System Support Analyst-Entry (Academic IT Services)
Ben Becker- Design Project Manager (Facilities Planning & Design)

Not Pictured
Caroline Miller- Psychologist (Center for Behavioral Health)
Tyler Middendorf- Design Project Manager (Facilities Planning & Design)

New Employee Orientation: Jan 06 & Jan 13, 2020

Join us in welcoming the newest staff members to UMSL!

Front Row (L to R):

Tiffini Rushing– Financial Aid Coordinator (Financial Aid)
Maryann Brennan– Sr. Program/Project Support Coordinator (MIMH)
Tasnim Haq– Program Coordinator, CIAC (CIAC)

Back Row (L to R):
Laura Kilcullin– Director of Development (College and Units)
Danielle Wilson– Sr. Program/Project Support Coordinator (MIMH)
Ahmad Nikbeen– Financial Aid Coordinator (Financial Aid)
Dijana Menkovic– International Student Advisor (UMSL Global)
Audri Adams– Business Support Specialist II (Honors College)
Grant Cravens– System Support Analyst- Entry (Academic IT Services)

Front Row (L to R):

Monet Demming– Business Support Specialist II (Political Science & Economics)
Elizabeth Richter– OSA IV (Library)
Michael Akin– Police Officer (UMSL Police)
Shelley Robison Leiva– Patient Service Representative (College of Optometry)

Back Row (L to R):

Jarvis Wright– Custodian (Facilities)
Alex Ebert– Financial Aid Coordinator (Financial Aid)
Tyronica “Ty” Dowdy– Assistant Director of Development, Donor Relations (University Development)
Mikale Elliott– Outreach and Retention Coordinator (MIMH)
Brenna McGahan– Programmer Analyst-Specialist (ITS Operations)

Welcome to UMSL!

Join us in welcoming the newest staff members to UMSL. Be sure to say hello when you see them around campus.

New Employee Orientation 12.09.2019

L to R:
Moses Banks- Custodian II (Facilities)
Ashley Marsh- Assistant Director of Annual Giving (University Campaign)
Tyler VonJensen- Career Services Coordinator (Career Services)
Marlo Goldstein Hode- DEI Program Manager (Special Units Office of Equal Opportunity)

New Employee Orientation | October 28 & November 11

New Employee Orientation October 28, 2019

L to R
Stephanie Williams– Social Worker/Counselor/Mental Health Professional (Child Advocacy Center)
Sarah McKay– Receptionist (Center for Behavioral Health)


November 11, 2019

L to R front row:

Burnea Lester, Community Evaluator – CIAC, Karen Holman, Public Relations Writer – Marketing|Comm., Sarah Ashbrook, Copywriter – Marketing|Comm.

L to R back row:

Ashley Keegan, Student Recruitment Specialist – UMSL Global, Annie Hyde, Student Recruitment Specialist – UMSL Global, Beth Buerke, Event Asst. III – Child Advocacy Center, Joseph McBride, Research Specialist I – MIMH, Rachel Timberman, Asst. Veteran’s Center Director for Academics – Sociology

Not pictured: Saad Tariq Siddiqui, Research Evaluation Coordinator – MIMH


Join us in welcoming our new team members to HR!

We are  pleased to announce the additions and changes that have recently taken place in Human Resources.

Ericka Webb joined the HR team on August 26th as the new Executive Assistant to Executive Director Jim Hertel. Ericka brings over 10 years of administrative experience working in academic and corporate office environments.  She has worked extensively in public K-12 institutions and brings a wealth of knowledge in office procedures and customer service.  Ericka enjoys working with people and helping them solve urgent workplace problems.

Ericka is a self-starter, ready to take the lead on projects relating to office procedures and see them through to completion.  Her exceptional people skills, motivation and ability to problem solve, make her an ideal executive assistant.

Ericka received her undergraduate degree here at UMSL. She is a U.S. Army Veteran and enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

The HR Team is excited to have Kelly Adams join the team as the Leader of Staff Recruiting, Selection & Onboarding. Kelly is passionate about recruiting quality hires and the overall candidate experience. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Studies and continues to seek learning opportunities, especially topics related to candidate experience and retention. Kelly is anxious to explore ways to communicate and engage effectively with talent, and assist our campus in creating high performing teams. Prior to joining our team, her previous HR related work experience was in Staffing and Healthcare. Kelly also spent several years as the Volunteer Services Supervisor at St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation. In this role, Kelly worked closely with the patients and donors cultivating relationships, allocating volunteer resources and sharing the hospital’s mission. As the Staff Recruiter, Kelly is excited to extend the same level of service to UMSL, by supporting our mission of “We Transform Lives”. As the Staff Recruiter, Kelly will work closely with hiring managers and HR Consultants to recruit, select, onboard and engage quality talent to continue the university’s mission to transform lives. Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, Netflix binge watching, a perfect margarita, and afternoon naps. She is an extreme foodie.

Jennifer Heck, already part of the HR Team, will move to a new position joining Kelly in our efforts to transform Recruitment. Jennifer obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Minor in Business, and a certificate in Multicultural. For the past 4 years  at UM System, Jennifer worked in HR in payroll, recruitment, and records. Jennifer’s true passions within the HR are compensation and recruitment. She is looking forward to implementing process improvement strategies to ensure an efficient recruitment process for hiring managers, recruiters, and candidates alike. In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys visiting her family in Iowa (she promises there is more to Iowa than corn :-), playing disc golf, and catching up on all the DC Marvel shows on Netflix. Jennifer looks forward to contributing to UMSL’s mission by transforming recruitment.

Michelle Klump, Records Assistant, is taking on the responsibility for ePAF processing, I-9 verification, and general inquiries.

“I am excited to start a new career with UMSL!  Being a part of the HR department allows me to work with a great team every day! My family is just as excited for this great opportunity! I want to say thank you to everyone here at UMSL that I have met in these past few weeks for making me feel so welcome!

When Michelle is away from her UMSL family, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, specifically, catching up with their two older sons or spending weekends watching their younger daughter play her favorite sports.

Andrea Dunbar, HR Specialist,  transferred from the College of Arts & Sciences to the HR Records team effective August 25th.  Over the past 35 years, she has built successful, collaborative, meaningful working relationships and everlasting friendships.  According to Andrea, the best thing about working at UMSL has been “the ability to witness the mission of this great University fulfilled by educating not just St. Louis area students, but those in surrounding cities, towns, states, and beyond.” Andrea enjoys making people laugh, possess the gift of “gab,” and loves to sing.

“Working for UMSL has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire adulthood.  When I embarked on a mission to find a job at the age of 21, little did I know that I was adventuring into a career. I’m eternally grateful for my colleagues, past and present, who’ve continued to guide and mentor me along this journey. I am, and will forever remain “UMSL Proud’.”




Executive Assistant, Human Resources

Recently, Kathy Falcon has left the UMSL HR team and accepted a position in Colorado. We wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors.

UMSL Human Resources is looking for a highly-collaborative departmental assistant who balances organization, efficiency, and results with our focus on people. The successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to an inclusive environment in responding to the unique needs of diverse students, staff, and faculty on a variety of HR-related matters.

Reporting to the Executive Director of Human Resources, Jim Hertel, provide general administrative and office support to the executive and departmental staff in support of the HR and campus mission.

Application and materials are being accepted through this Friday, August 2nd.



New Employee Orientations: 5.28.2019 & 6.10.2019

Welcome New Employees!
The following employees were in attendance at the May 28th and June 10th, 2019 New Employee Orientations.
Please join us in welcoming them to UMSL!

Left to Right:
Miles Trudo- Financial Aid Coordinator (Financial Aid)
Sarah Shapiro- Office Support Assistant III (Language and Cultural Studies)
Stephen Bondurant- Office Support Assistant II (Child Advocacy Center)
Tayler Leverenz- Business Ops Associate II (College of Business)
Corie Creasy- Office Support Assistant III (Admissions)
Steven Vance- Custodian (Facilities)

** Not Pictured: Sarah Willey- Associate Director, Annual Giving (Alumni)
Phelisitie Voss- Project Manager- Specialist (ITS)

Front Row (L to R):
Cortasha Thomas- Office Support Assistant IV (Cashiers)
Brad Dowling- School Psychologist (Center for Behavioral Health)
Emily Schepker- Financial Aid Coordinator (Financial Aid)

Back Row (L to R):
Jacob Bolzenius- Research Lab Manager (MIMH)
Blake Schliesser- Business Support Specialist II (Touhill)
Sophie Broz- Program/Project Support Coordinator II (KWMU)
Jason Johnson- Tutoring Manager (University Tutor Center)
James Owen- Grants & Contract Manager (Child Advocacy Center)



New Employee Orientation 5.13.2019

Welcome New Employees!
The following employees were in attendance at the May 13, 2019 New Employee Orientation.
Please join us in welcoming them to UMSL!

George Wilson- Custodian (Touhill)
Angel Mims- Police Officer (Campus Police)
Brian Gertler- Student Support Specialist II (College of Business)
Douglas Rosemann- Police Officer (Campus Police)
Carole Dawn Arrendale-Child Development Assoc.Teacher (Child Development Center)
Georgia Knoll- Office Support Assistant III (Admissions)
Jamie Bartzel- Office Support Assistant, Sr. (Graduate Related Activities)

New Employee Orientation 3.11.2019

Welcome New Employees!
The following employees were in attendance at the March 11, 2019 New Employee Orientation.
Please join us in welcoming them to UMSL!

L to R:

Rachel White– Academic Advisor (College of Arts & Sciences)
Michael Della Fave– Academic Advisor (College of Arts & Sciences)
Russell Gettemeier– Construction Superintendent (In-House Construction)
Katie Gertler– Media Producer, Sr. (Student Life)
David Wood– Admissions Representative (Admissions)
Cleola Butler– Office Support Assistant III (Political Science)
George Sipos– Executive Director (International Studies and Programs)
Ciera Jessup– Advancement Associate II (KWMU)
Darren Barnes– Optometric Technician (College of Optometry)
L. Renee Graves– Assistant Director (Precollegiate Programs)

Not Pictured:
Andrea Henderson– Sharing America Reporter (KWMU)
Jessica Davis– Staff Psychologist (Center for Behavioral Health